Nusa Penida is the largest of three islands located off the south-eastern coast of Bali, the other two are namely Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are public boats from Sanur, Kusamba or Padang Bai in East Bali. You can also catch the daily public ferry which departs twice a day from either direction. It is slower but much cheaper than the fast boats.
GET AROUND THE ISLAND
As the island is quite big we suggest renting a motorcycle as this is the most practical option, and this will cost you about IDR 70,000/day. Car rentals are available but is bit pricey.
You should note that roads in Nusa Penida are rough, sometimes turning into bumpy roads and becoming hilly away from the north coast, and in remote areas no more than small dirt tracks.
COOL THINGS TO DO IN NUSA PENIDA
If you have an adventurous spririt then this islands offers many things for you to do. Try out the following:
DIVING – Nusa Penida is best known for its world class diving. There are more than 20 identified dive sites around the island, the most notable are Crystal Bay, Manta Point, Malibu Point, Suana Bay and Toyapakeh.
The rich waters around the three islands feature no less than 274 species of corals and 562 species of fish. There’s diving available for beginners but most of the divers require a decent level of experience as the currents are strong and unpredictable so be prepared.
TREKKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING – The terrain away from the coast is hilly rising to nearly 521m and once there the view back to Bali is stunning. Camping is the wise option for those who really want to explore this wild island away from the populated northern coast. This activity is very rewarding with amazing coastline views.
ABSORB THE CULTURE – The thing I personally love to do when I visit a new place is to learn about their culture.
How about you?
In Nusa Penida the native people are Hinduist like in Bali. Locals speak Nusa Penidian, an ancient dialect of Balinese no longer heard elsewhere, younger locals speak Bahasa Indonesia- the most common language in Indonesia. The architecture and dance are also distinct to the island. The Muslim village in Toyapakeh on the northwest shore which faces Nusa Lembongan is worth a visit if you would like to understand more about this heritage.
5 COOL PLACES TO VISIT WHEN YOUR IN NUSA PENIDA
There are many quiet and secluded white sand beaches along the north and northwest coasts of Nusa Penida.
Crystal Bay – A stunning white sand beach at Banjar Penida west of Sakti village on the north western coast facing Nusa Ceningan. Perfect clear waters and excellent snorkelling. Lovely white sand beach and a great place for a picnic. A truly idyllic spot and you are likely to have it to yourself apart for the odd local villager and maybe a diveboat offshore.
Peguyangan Spring – Set on the south side of the island the spring is at the bottom of 700 blue stairs. The spring at the bottom is small but the scenery on the way down and at the bottom is magnificent. Wear proper shoes as footings can be a little precarious. This climb down and up is not for everyone especially those that do not like heights as the steps are set at the side of the cliff.
Atuh Beach – At the east side of the island Atuh beach welcomes the sun first every morning. Walk along magnificent limestone cliff tops and if you are up for a bit of exercise climb down the steps to the beautiful white sand beach. A photographer’s delight. Food and refreshments are available, and there is good snorkelling for small fishes.
Broken Beach & Angel Billabong – Stunning views from cliff tops show off the natural hole that encompasses Broken Beach. You can enter the infinity pool at low tide, but for safety reasons please do not enter at high tide when waves are crashing over the edge.
Kelingking Beach – The sight features a limestone headland covered in green, against the deep blue waters of the ocean. This unique formation is reminiscent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex head, hence its nickname ‘T-Rex Bay’. The secluded beach itself is down a rugged 400 m cliffside hike, recommended only for the fit and adventurous.